‘Blessings of the Table’
BLOOMINGTON – “The Blessings of the Table: Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn,” a recreation of the festive Thanksgiving celebrations of the 1870s, will be featured today, Thursday, through Nov. 18 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.
The Mansion will be decorated for Thanksgiving, and each day the bountiful foods, family celebrations and charitable customs of the period will be featured. In addition to the Mansion’s collection of antique china and rare silver, visitors will see the large variety of delicious foods that were typical of a Thanksgiving celebration in the Victorian age - a traditional feast of turkey, pumpkin pie, and “all the trimmings.” Thanksgiving was the time of year when the dining room was as magnificently decorated for the holidays as the parlor, and visitors will feel as if they are immersed in a 19th century feast for all the senses.
This year’s Thanksgiving at the Davis Mansion will also showcase a living history program on Saturday, “A Bountiful Feast,” which will offer the servant’s perspective on this lavish Victorian holiday observance. Areas not usually open to the public may be visited. This special live theatrical event will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only.
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